Summary: We turned our porch into a 4-season sunroom/TV room a year ago. In addition to wiring it with coax, I ran a few ethernet cables in as well just have them. When we were done, we had the perfect place to watch TV on our new 42" plasma. But the ethernet wiring was just sitting there and it began to naw on me. Then I discovered these media devices and my blood went up. I picked the D-Link because all the devices get iffy reviews and it was the low-cost item.
Dump the shipped software and you will be very happy!
D. Scott McDaniel "Twitter- @mcdev", Amazon
17 November 2006
Summary: After a couple of days of no luck with the shipped software, I started reading deeper into these reviews and took the advice of those using TVersity. Within a few minutes of installing and configuring it, I had a perfectly functioning media player! The shipped software would see the server, but within seconds of clicking a file, would say 'server not found'. TVersity has yet to drop my connection.
Summary: I bought this unit after trying another Media Center Extender product by another manufacturer. I spent about 2 hours on the phone with tech support because I could not get the DSM 320 to recognize my playlists. For hours I tried tech support, before they told me I had to buy more software to get it to do that.
Not perfect, but very solid considering the competition
Amazon Customer, Amazon
24 May 2006
Summary: So far, so good. After much reading and reviewing my options, I decided to get this media server and see if it works. I had my doubts after reading many negative reviews, but considering that there are very few choices of players that do all the same, I convinced myself that, worst case scenario, I could always use my 30 day money back guarantee (27 days to go).
Summary: The Dlink 320 media hub is basically a network/internet link to your home stereo, TV or media center. With it, you can view pictures and movies, listen to your mp3, WMA and WAV audio files. You can also listen to internet radio (my personal favorite) or watch internet TV. The 320 comes with support for RadioAOL, Napster, Rhapsody, Live365 and MyKidsTunes, with possibly upgrades for more providers in the future.
Summary: First off I'm not sure about the people who couldn't connect for x hours. I loaded the software, plugged it in and it saw it, I picked my network and bang, bob's your uncle. However, I will let you know about software, which for me is the real issue at hand. There are 3 software packages that I know of, the D-Link software that came with it, Windows Media Connect 2, and TVERSITY.
Summary: Although it only took about 5 minutes to get the device on my network (it's a bit fiddly entering a 128-bit WEP key using the remote!) I then struggled for a couple of hours trying to get it to see my computer. After resetting the unit a couple of times, downloading the latest firmware and re-installing the server software on my PC, I resorted to a Google search and came across some references to Microsoft Windows Media Connect, which also mentioned the DSM-320.
Summary: I've read through the past year of reviews on this product. I would have gone back past that, but the earlier reviews were based on earlier versions of the firmware and software, so those people were the guinea pigs who found all of the original problems. I'd like to thank those early adopters who helped improve the unit. One of the good things about it is that it can continue to be improved with downloaded upgrades. I'd like to address a few main issues in this review.
Summary: First off, I love this thing. I'm a huge fan of the concept and the execution for the price point here is awesome. I'm impressed with the form factor and appreciate that the device itself fits in my media cabinet and, unlike other devices of the kind, it actually looks like a media component. I wish DirectTV and Tivo would realize that basic nicety.
Very cool with the right media server otherwise limited
Ronen Mizrahi, Amazon
20 May 2005
Summary: This thing requires running a media server software on one's PC. The choice of this software is crucial since with most of them, including the software it ships with, it is a very limited device. However there is a media server that makes this box very versatile and much more useful, it can be found at [...] The DLink Media Server software ships with this device and when used you end up not being able to play WMV, or ipod AAC files.